Self Photos / Files - 20230922192553435_580x390Understanding the evolution of Earth and life over the last 4.5 billion years is both a fascinating topic and essential knowledge. Earth science encompasses an extremely broad range of research areas. Scientists in the Department of Earth Sciences undertake world-class research in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology/palaeobiology, planetary science, engineering geology and current issues such as global change. This provides our postgraduate students with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from, so that they can build a solid foundation for their future careers in science.


Our postgraduate students, like our staff scientists, also visit important field sites worldwide and perform experiments using cutting-edge instrumentation. Our postgraduate programs aim to produce  well-rounded Earth scientists, with a global perspective by encouraging creative and critical thinking, and developing their capability for making original discoveries.​


Undergraduate students with a background in natural science, and even those with pertinent engineering and related backgrounds, will find that their interests can be met by the wide range of Earth science related research fields. Candidates undertake independent and original research that is presented in a dissertation or thesis, that when successfully defended, results in the award of an MPhil or PhD degree. ​